|WA Paddling News Emails|
Best of luck, Terry
Well known to us all, paddling guru, adventurer, instructor, author (what have I left out?) and now businessman, Terry Bolland, is undertaking yet another new venture - a canoe store. It opens Monday, 8th July, at 144 Railway Parade, Bassendean. Next to the Railway Museum. Phone 0417 977 330 or 9279 6143.
Call for Volunteers - Be Active Avon Junior Challenge
This flatwater race from the Reg Bond Reserve (just downstream of Middle Swan Bridge) to the Garrett Road Bridge Avon Descent finish line is aimed at secondary school age paddlers. It will be held on the morning of Day 2 of the Descent, Sunday, 4th August. Volunteers are required for duties such as timekeeping, manning checkpoints and boat driving. If you can spare the morning and would like to be involved please contact Garth Civil from the canoeing association, 9285 8501 or 0412 602 013.
or 9279 6143. Best of luck, Terry.
New Extracts' Chute
To see some pics of the construction go to:<http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/avdesc.index.html> http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/avdesc.index.html and click on Photo Gallery. Thanks to Samantha and Toby Curtis for sending these in.
Wanted: Avon paddlers
Avon Descent teams are looking for experienced (not necessarily fast) paddlers. Closing date for Avon entries is this coming Friday, 5th July, so reply quickly to this email if interested.
Also, a training partner is needed by paddler just 'wanting to finish' - would like company for river trips. <mailto:email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org
1 - Slalom Race 3
Sunday 7th July at Walyunga National Park. 9.00am Pre-race coaching, 10.15am Registrations and briefing, 10.45am Race.
Race fees: $10 adults, $5 juniors (under 18).
Help, please!! Lots of helpers are needed to run this race so please bring anyone who can lend a hand. Contact Margaret 9293 1909 or <mailto:email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. Mainpeak is now a sponsor of the 2002 WA Slalom Races.
2 - Marathon Series, Race #8
Upper Swan Bridge to Ascot Kayak Club, July 7th 2002 - 25km. Registration : Division 4 -- from 7:30 am; Divisions 3, 2, 1 -- from 8:05 am. Briefing, at Upper Swan Bridge: 7:45am - Division 4 ; 8.30am - Divisions 3, 2, 1. Enquiries: Cathy Fry 9277 7489 (Please ring before 8.00 pm.)
has it that the HOT class for this year's Descent will be the K2s. Now who have been seen training together ? (and not in any particular order): Piers Goodman & Todd Coulter, Dave Worthy & Paul Genovesi, Grant Pepper & Rob Roll, Phil Johnson & Garth Civil, Graham Lawson & Simon Roll. Will make for some exciting viewing.
Nutrition Tips for the Avon Descent
Fellow paddler, Darryl Griffiths, has written some useful info' and reminders about carbo loading and re-loading - check them out at his website:
Old Favourite Makes a Come-back!
Downriver Race at Walyunga, Sunday 14th July, Meet at Upper Car Park Walyunga, 9am Rego , Briefing 9.30
Rapid Racing from top to bottom car park twice. Grade 2 rapids, experienced sweep crew available. Race suitable for paddlers with basic white water skills Skis, sit ons and novice Avon paddlers especially welcome. Make a day of it, race with us in the morning then paddle on down to Bells or Upper Swan
Further Details Penny Bates 9299 5612 Paul Burke 9379 0400
Sponsor: Terry Bolland of Canoeing Down Under.
has a new website (same URL -<http://www.www.rivergods.com.au> www.rivergods.com.au ). Contact Tom at Rivergods
<mailto:email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org to try the amazing Tekno kayak from Riot.
Both the Tekno and the Booster will be on display at the coming Big Boys' Toys Expo.
Wildside Adventures have commenced their rafting trips on the Murray River for the season.
Check out their website: <http://www.wildside.net.au>www.wildside.net.au or email: email@example.com
Crown Plaza Perth Cup
This is part of the Avon Descent - each Aussie state has entered a team of two of its top paddlers. The twelve competitors all paddle the same craft type (this year, Finn Kayaks racing ski - the Endorfin). The team with the fastest combined time wins. The inaugural race, held last year, was won by the local team: Simon Roll and Will Bird. This year's WA team is Matt Dalziel and Matt Coutts.
Volunteers are needed as support crew for the interstate paddlers visiting to compete in the above event - the Crown Plaza Perth Cup. Up to ten volunteers will be needed to look after them during the race. Contact Deanne Jones 9356 1414 if you are willing to help out.
From Ascot Kayak Club - The Nanga Challenge 2002
"It is with regret that Ascot Kayak Club (AKC) the organisers of The Nanga Challenge inform athletes that this race will not proceed for year 2002.
Due to the uncertain climate with regard to public liability insurance and personal liability, AKC were left with no option but to cancel this race pending government legislation on these issues."
From Ian Williamson, Commodore, Power Dinghy Racing Club
"The new chute at Extracts' Weir ( known as the Vinnidex/GFR Chute) was organised and constructed by volunteers from the Power Dinghy Racing Club at the request of Northam Avon Descent Association. Vinnidex sponsored and supplied the poly tubing and GFR Industries supplied factory time and expertise to assist the PDRC with construction."
Walyunga Water Level <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/waterlev99waly.html>click here
Thank you to all those who have been sending in this info'. Other paddlers do appreciate knowing the level at our trusty wooden gauge. New paddlers - the gauge (a wooden post) is located at the main launching/ landing place at the lower car park at Walyunga - you can't miss it. Be sure when you read it that you count down from the grooved line that goes right across the wooden post at each half metre. The shorter lines are the increments of 0.1m.
Upper Swan Marathon Results:
| Week 3/July
Disastrous Dancer - From Roger Smith
"Today, Sunday 14th July we did all paddlers a big favour at Bell's Rapid by clearly marking the best passage through the V-drop (a.k.a."Devils Slide"). We have identified the large rock in the centre by jamming a red dancer onto it. The drop is now much safer as you can keep the kayak on your left and the large boulder on your right giving a clear passage through the centre.
Seriously - I was unable to retrieve the boat which I had lent to a friend who luckily was unhurt after tipping out at the top of Bell's. If anyone finds this kayak as it washes off of the rock when the water drops (or rises!) I would appreciate it if he/she could contact me on 9275 8620 hm or 9321 5259 wk. It is an old boat but I would appreciate its return before some river pirate plays finders keepers with my property!"
at Posselt's Ford, Saturday 13th July, Stealth carbon epoxy, medium, no other markings except one piece of tape on left hand end of shaft. Please contact Garth 9438 3805, email <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
New Thule Kayak Carrier
Thule have developed a new Kayak carrier called the 'Hull-a-Port' which allows paddlers to mount kayaks on their side. It can fit virtually any bar and it is easier to mount multiple kayaks side by side (especially on narrow Rola and Rhino Sportz racks). Go to <http://www.thule.com.au>www.thule.com.au for your nearest dealer. Click here for picture...http://akamai.thuleracks.com/thule/images/largepics/835.jpg
Slalom Coaching- Introductory & Intermediate
Saturdays 1.00 to 2.30pm
Meet: Bottom of Walyunga slalom course
Registration/Enquiries: Brian Morgan, 93823548 (so we know how many coaches we need).
(If you prefer Sundays, we may be able to help you - ring Brian as above)
Saturdays: 3.00 to 4.30 pm
Meet: bottom of Walyunga slalom course.
Cost - nil
For intermediate and above slalom paddler (must be able to self-rescue/roll)
Pacific Western Collie River Valley Marathon Relay
Sunday, September 29
Get your team together now for this five or six stage event held in the Collie area - the horse leg is optional.
Road cycle- 27km, Canoe- 10km, Horse ride- 15km, Swim- 1km, Mountain bike- 20km, Run- 11km.
For an entry form or more detail go to <http://www.geo.net.au/~mart>www.geo.net.au/~mart or phone Marty at 9734 2316 or email <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
Week 3/July - part 2
For the last week the team has focused on adapting to the smaller but confused water at Augsburg. Head Coach Richard Fox is pleased with the lead up and believes the AIS camp at Augsburg in June has benefited the majority of the team. "Everyone is keen to get on to the start line and get the European race season under way" he said.
Racing this weekend are: Mia
Farrance (VIS/AIS), Susie Wharton (VIS/AIS),
Race progress and results can
be found on the website
Final Results for the Australians
Full results can be downloaded
Walyunga Pool Level = WRC-at-Great_Nth_Hwy * 0.446 - 4.808
e.g. If GNH is 12.0m, Walyunga will be: 12.0*0.446 - 4.808 = 0.54m
(More on this on my website
next week - RK)
Louise Natoli (AIS/NSWIS) finished the World Cup in 10th position. Louise achieved her first ever two clean runs in a World Cup to qualify in 6th position after the heats. She then dropped back to 8th position following a semi-final run with a 2 second penalty. Her run in the final was disappointing and after missing two gates she was pushed back to 10th position, with 106 seconds of penalties. Mia Farrance (AIS/VIS) also performed well to finish in 13th place. Whilst not at their best, Victoria Milne (AIS/VIS) and Susie Wharton (AIS/VIS) achieved final placings of 26th and 28th, respectively.
The men's kayak results were promising. Warwick Draper (AIS/VIS) produced a personal best of 26th after three clean runs in the heats and semi-final. Anton King (AIS/VIS) produced two clean runs in the heats and an almost clean run in the semi-final, for a final placing of 39th. Lachie Milne (AIS/NSWIS) was the only disappointment recirculating on his first run and missing a gate to finish in 62nd place.
In the C2, Kai Swoboda and Andy Farrance (AIS/VIS) were again consistent finishing in 17th place, 20 seconds off the pace.
Race results can be found on